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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2004 750ml

Rated 99+ - The 2004 Mouton-Rothschild was the first vintage for Philippe Dhalluin, who was so successful in persuading the late Philippine de...
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2006 750ml

Rated 98+ - A sensational effort, the 2006 Mouton Rothschild exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a classic Mouton perfume of creme de...
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 95 - A totally gorgeous wine. Femine and sexy. Flowery with lots of beautiful fruit and minerals. Gorgeous. Hints of chocolate. Full with a...
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Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2009 750ml

Rated 99+ The 2009 Mouton Rothschild has a striking label from Anish Kapoor. The wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot that begs...
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Chateau Pedesclaux Pouillac 2010 750ml

Rated 91-93 - Vibrant, racy and long, this supervivid red has great cut, with raspberry, red currant and iron notes. Pure and stylish, with a...
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Chateau Pibran Pauillac 2009 750ml

Rated 92 - Pure and racy, with a winey streak of black currant and fig fruit framed by roasted tobacco and espresso notes. The iron edge cuts in...
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Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac 2009 750ml

Rated 98 - Revealing incredible quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron...
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Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac 2010 750ml

Rated 97+ - Administrator Christian Seeley thinks the 2010 is the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron he has ever made, equaling some of the estate's...
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Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac 2011 750ml

Rated 91-93 - (a blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon and 18% merlot; 80% new oak; a 50% selection for the grand vin; cropped at 30 hectoliters per...
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Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - A pretty core of ripe-berry, currant and mineral character to this red with a full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish to add. Creamy...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2005 750ml

Rated 93 - Beautiful currant, berry and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with tar and berry character, fine tannins and a long...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2006 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2006 Pichon Lalande, which blows away the 2005, represents a return to the velvety-textured, rich, sexy style most readers would...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2008 is a beauty in the style of the 1988. Although not performing as well as I predicted last year, it is unquestionably an...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2010 750ml

Rated 95+ - The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2011 750ml

Rated 92-94 - Only 40% of the crop made it into the grand vin, which achieved 12.95% natural alcohol. The final blend for the 2011 Pichon Lalande...
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Chateau Pichon Lalande Pauillac 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Wonderful nose of wet earth, mushrooms and berries. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Sleek and polished. Needs two...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Les Hauts De Pontet 2008 750ml

Rated 88 - More flesh than grip, with mulled plum and blackberry fruit laid over graphite and cedar hints. There's a flash of tobacco, though the...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2000 750ml

Rated 94+ - Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2008 750ml

Rated 96 - A candidate for the 'wine of the vintage,' Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet...
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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2010 750ml

Rated 100 - An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon,...

France Pauillac

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.

The commune consists of only 3000 acres of vineyards in the Haut-Medoc between the villages of Saint-Julien to the south and Saint-Estephe to the north, but is home to three of Bordeaux's five first growth wines: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

A classic Pauillac wine is rich, dense-coloured, full-bodied and profound with an elegant mix of black currants and cedary oak that is luxurious and distinguished when mature. There is a wide variation on this theme throughout Pauillac, in part due to the differing terrain across the region. This is shown within the 3 First growths where the Lafite is complex and elegant, the Mouton-Rothschild is voluptuous with power and the Latour is full yet refined. There are many other styles amongst Pauillac's Chateaux, ranging from elegant wines which are drinkable younger, such as Pichon Lalande to the more tannic, deep style of Lynch-Bages.

This commune, on the banks of the Gironde, has small hills which are unusual in the Medoc. The soil contains heavy gravel which is important to the wine growing as it reflects the sun and allows excellent drainage. It is differences in the subsoil that contribute towards each Chateau's style. Lafite has a limestone base which leads to a softer, aromatic flavour; Mouton-Rothschild has sand within its gravelly soil which produces its richness, and Latour enjoys a bed of predominantly gravel enabling it to be consistent even in wet years.

This region of Haut Medoc sets the standard for each Bordeaux vintage and is a wonderful and impressive representative. A great deal of pleasure awaits anyone exploring this wonderful appellation.